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The Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox have played a very entertaining series to start the season. With the White Sox nursing a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the ninth, shortshop Alexei Ramirez may have saved the day with an amazing diving catch. Ramirez had to go over his shoulder while sliding to corral it.
After that, new closer Hector Santiago nailed down the final two outs for his first career save. Robin Ventura picked up his first career win as a MLB manager and the Sox moved to 1-1. The pitching has looked good and Adam Dunn and Alex Rios are looking like they will have bounce back seasons.
Dunn had two walks and a single, which is leaps and bounds better than last season. Rios is playing some terrific defense in right field while his home run in the top of the 9th broke the 3-3 tie. He hit an absolute bomb off of Joe Nathan and it just had enough to clear the fence and Josh Hamilton’s glove.
The White Sox picked up their other three runs off of the bat of Paul Konerko. The captain of the team is still going strong and he should have another strong season. If he does, the Sox could make some noise in the American League.
The two teams finish their series up tomorrow. Gavin Floyd will take the mound for the Sox, while Matt Harrison will go for Texas. A win would give the Sox a big start to the season, as they would take two on the road from the defending AL Champions.
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